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Caring for the Caregiver

About Caring for the Caregiver

On May 11th, 2017, The Cities and Communities Heart Initiative Nashville (CCHI Nashville) announced the launch of  Caring for the Caregiver, a program to improve cardiovascular health and reduce cardiovascular disease risk factors among nurses in Nashville’s hospitals and health systems.

Caring for the Caregiver helps nurses in Nashville, Tennessee focus on their own health and addresses the high rate of heart disease and risk factors among female nurses.

In Davidson County, cardiovascular disease is women’s number one killer. For every woman who dies of breast cancer, more than eight die from heart disease and stroke.


Program partners TriStar Health, an HCA affiliate, and Saint Thomas Health, part of Ascension, have kicked off screening and prevention programs across their facilities. UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Tennessee and Vanderbilt Heart and Vascular Institute will follow later in the year.

The first week of May, TriStar Health launched Heart Check screenings and prevention efforts for nurses at four facilities: TriStar Ashland City, TriStar Centennial, TriStar Southern Hills and TriStar Skyline medical centers. Additional Heart Checks are scheduled for TriStar facilities in late summer.

Saint Thomas Health is also offering heart disease screenings and health awareness events for all 8,000 of its associates. There will be health fairs, in addition to heart health screenings, offered throughout May 2017 at the Saint Thomas Midtown, Saint Thomas Rutherford and Saint Thomas River Park facilities.

UBER Nashville is providing in-kind support, including free rides for caregivers, for the program.

Cities and Communities with Heart Initiative (CCHI) Nashville

Caring for the Caregiver is a program of CCHI Nashville, a collaborative initiative envisioned and led by the Women’s Heart Alliance (WHA) to stop women in Nashville from needlessly suffering and dying from cardiovascular disease. It will take a wide-ranging approach to improving women’s heart health through five program components, rolling out in 2017 and beyond:

• Caring for the Caregiver, a program to improve cardiovascular health and reduce CVD risk factors among nurses in Nashville’s hospitals and health systems;
• A clinical study on pregnancy complications and their link to CVD risk factors and CVD;
• A workforce health initiative through the Office of the Mayor to improve the heart health of female municipal workers;
• A screening and prevention effort in collaboration with Tennessee State University to reduce CVD and its risk factors in younger women; and
• A community initiative centered around one or more health centers and reaching African American, and/or immigrant refugee women.

Learn more about CCHI Nashville